Photo Tour & Workshop
Fairytales from the Lakes
Fairytales from the Lakes
Fairytales from the Lakes – Photo Tour
16 lakes, countless waterfalls, breathtaking nature and a glowing mini spectacle.
Immerse yourself in the picturesque landscape in the middle of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. This photo tour takes you to the breathtaking lakes and waterfalls of the National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site Plitvice Lakes in the heart of Croatia. Surrounded by a vast forest, countless waterfalls make their way through a unique natural landscape and fill 16 smaller and larger lake basins along the way.
Our house is located in the middle of the park in a small village called Plitvice Selo. This allows us to spend a relaxing and eventful stay, focus on the many photo spots and avoid the big tourist crowds that usually arrive around noon.
In this photo tour we will be able to capture the actual nature spectacle, the lakes and the waterfalls, as well as another special spectacle which takes place at this time. Right in the surrounding woods near our house the fireflies are active. This glowing spectacle takes place every year in a short time between the end of June and July, and we have the opportunity to capture it photographically and create fairytale-like images.
Day One – Arrival to Plitvice
Travel, meet and enjoy
You travel individually to Zagreb. Here you are already expected at the airport. You will be driven in a comfortable van directly to Plitvice Selo (about 2 hours drive). The later afternoon is an opportunity to get to know each other a little bit and in the early evening there is a first opportunity to take pictures. In the later evening we enjoy a first dinner together.
Day Two – The upper Lakes
Explore, photograph and learn
On the second day we will start with locations at the upper lakes of the park. Here are many small spots with smaller and larger waterfalls and streams in the shade of the cozy trees. We will use the morning time productively to capture the sunrise mood and will also experiment with different exposure times by using different ND filters to tame the wild waterfalls and make longexposures so we can get these beautiful smooth waters with some structure in it. After the morning shoot we go back to our accommodation. After having breakfast together, you have free time to explore the park on your own, before we meet again in the late afternoon to go together for a sunset shoot.
Day Three – The lower Lakes
Great Lakes, great views and a the waterfall
On the third day we mainly focus on the lower lakes with the bigger waterfalls. In some places we will be able to work with reflections and at other higher spots we catch the park in its full beauty as a big vista. On this day we will also work with various exposure times to capture the water in many possible emotions. Depending on whether the place is accessible, we make a detour into a small cave with a beautiful view into the park. As always, we will practice photographing each morning and evening during the Golden and Blue Hours. In the hours in between you can either explore the park on your own or join in the postprocessing part of the Photo Tour. Of course everyone can do a little siesta if he feels it necessary.
Day Four – In the Woods
A symphony of fairies in the forest
This day we spend in the surrounding woods to capture beautiful photos of trees and dreamy forest scenes. We leave early in the morning to photograph the mystical mood of the forest in the morning light. After the shooting we will do a guided tour through the park where we will get interesting information about the park and learn something about the unique nature of the National Park Plitvice. The afternoon is back at leisure and we meet in the late afternoon to prepare for a special evening shoot. We go to a nearby forest and take pictures of fireflies. Yeah right, fireflies! In July, these little fairies are active and we have the opportunity to make really unique looking pictures.
Day Finale – End of the Photo Tour
Last sunrise, a lunch and a goodbye
On the last day we will visit a sunrise location to take some nice morning pictures for the last time. After that we will end the morning relaxed and enjoy a lunch together and deepen the new friendships. After we have packed all our things back in the bag ready for travel, we will transfer together to the Zagreb airport where everyone can catch his flight back home.
At home with good friends, Lake Fairy Plitvice or similar
The bed and breakfast is very close to the park entrance. The beautiful accommodation comes with a shower and a TV. Some rooms have views of the forest or a small stream. A wonderful family-owned accommodation in the midst of an idyllic landscape.
WHAT YOU GET
✅ Overnight stays in comfortable B&B's
✅ Dinner and breakfast
✅ Intensive support and instruction by the workshop leaders
✅ Detailed course material including tips and tricks for landscape photography
✅ The possibility to test Haida filters
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
❌ Individual arrival/departure to and from the meeting point
❌ All drinks
❌ Snacks for in between
❌ Personal expenses
Tour Guides and Coaches
MANUMO LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
A walk on a fine line between minimalist simplicity, reality and hyper-reality.
This is how I see my imagery. Everything I want to convey to the viewer of my photos should be visible in one picture. Therefore I work with different shooting techniques like multiple exposures, focus stacking, timeblending, different exposure times and yes, sometimes even simple single shots.
If you like my work and want to learn my techniques and my workflow, you are welcome to accompany me in a personal coaching session or during one of my photo tours or workshops.